The City of Lincoln Council saw an increase in homelessness applications in January and February, it was revealed during Tuesday’s housing scrutiny sub-committee.
However, this was not unexpected. “Applications tend to spike in the new year,” said Councillor Pete West (Labour, Abbey Ward).
Last year there was a total of 183 homelessness applications, with an acceptance rate of 72.7 per cent.
In December all accepted cases had been housed in permanent accommodation, with no cases in B&Bs or other temporary accommodation. Figures were not available for 2018 so far.
The figures refer to the statutory homeless who are legally entitled to housing. Recent figures from housing charity Shelter suggest upwards of 80 people are sleeping rough in Lincoln.